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Greek second division championship underway


Further to the national side’s success in the Balkan Championship and European C, three new teams – taking the total to five – will play in the Greek Second Division Championship this season. For the first time, all will face each other home and away as the Hellenic Federation looks to build greater opportunities, especially for the increasing number of ... Read More »

Harrison: 1992 Lions can inspire England in Melbourne

Former Halifax coach Karl Harrison. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls assistant coach Karl Harrison believes that England can take inspiration from the 1992 Great Britain Lions team when they face Australia in Melbourne on Sunday in the 2014 Four Nations. The 1992 Lions remain the last British side to beat Australia in Melbourne and Harrison played at prop in two of the three-Test series. The first Test in ... Read More »

Radford “very happy” with squad but still on the lookout


Hull FC coach Lee Radford says he is “over the moon” with the squad he has assembled for 2015, but hasn’t ruled out making another signing before the start of the season. The Airlie Birds have so far secured five new players for next year – Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers), Leon Pryce (Catalans Dragons), Curtis Naughton (Sydney Roosters), Mark Minichiello ... Read More »

Bulls: Karl Harrison confident in Bradford’s chances


Bradford assistant Karl Harrison believes the Bulls have a significant advantage over their Championship rivals thanks to being full-time and having nearly 30 names on their roster. The Odsal outfit are one of only three full-time squads in the league (Leigh and London being the others) and Harrison says it allows the team to train at maximum intensity throughout the ... Read More »

Four Nations: All the squads for this weekend’s matches


New Zealand v Samoa Saturday November 1, 4pm (local), Toll Stadium New Zealand 1 Peta Hiku 2 Jason Nightingale 3 Dean Whare 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Kieran Foran 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Issac Luke 10 Adam Blair 11 Simon Mannering (c) 12 Kevin Proctor 13 Jason Taumalolo Substitutes 14 Lewis Brown 15 Suaia Matagi ... Read More »

Four Nations: Luke in, Leuluai out for New Zealand

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke has been named in New Zealand’s squad to face Samoa on Saturday after serving a suspension that also saw him miss the NRL Grand Final at the start of October. The 27-year-old, who is recognised as one of the world’s finest hookers, replaces former Wigan half Thomas Leuluai in the squad. Other changes to ... Read More »

Four Nations: Mata’utia to make history against England


Sione Mata’utia will become the youngest ever Australian international Rugby League player on Sunday after Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens named the 18-year-old in his side to face England. The speedy winger made his NRL debut this season for Newcastle and went on to score seven tries in seven appearances. He replaces Sydney Roosters’ Daniel Tupou on the flank. Elsewhere, Ryan ... Read More »

Four Nations: England unchanged for Australia clash


England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged side for Sunday’s Four Nations match against Australia in Melbourne, but has hinted that some alterations could be made later in the week when players have a chance to shrug off injuries. England defeated Samoa 32-26 in the tournament’s opening match at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane last Saturday and victory over Australia, who ... Read More »

England’s Four Nations odds fall; New Zealand favourites


New Zealand are favourites to win the Four Nations tournament, according to the majority of British bookmakers. Indeed, the Kiwis have been priced at evens to win the competition following their convincing victory over pre-tournament favourites Australia on Saturday, while the Kangaroos have drifted out to 11/10 after being odds-on last week. Meanwhile, England’s price has also shortened following their ... Read More »

Malcolm Reilly: England can defeat Australia


Rugby League legend Malcolm Reilly OBE believes England are primed and ready to book their place in the final of the 2014 Four Nations by beating Australia in Melbourne on Sunday. England will go into the match buoyed by an encouraging performance in their opening victory over Samoa, when they defied the lingering effects of jetlag and 30-degree heat to ... Read More »